Improving purchasing procedures and the quality of parts sourced from Russian-owned suppliers, as well as increasing parts localization, are among the main tasks of the alliance’s partnership with AvtoVAZ....More
Adding the Accord Hybrid into the mix at the Marysville facility required an $18.8 million, 94,000-sq.-ft. expansion that created room for battery-testing and special parts-logistics operations....More
Indonesia is among the top emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific region, with a population of 250 million. The country, which has 36 vehicles for every 1,000 residents, is seen as one of the world’s most promising passenger-vehicle markets....More
Building an Explorer-size CUV in North America would seem a must for VW, if it is to reach its ultimate sales target of 800,000 vehicles annually in the U.S. CUVs are the fastest-growing segment, and the brand lacks a popularly priced midsize model....More
In addition to vehicle assembly, the B-car is bringing additional work to the U.K. plant and its supply chain in axle manufacturing, cylinder-head casting, camshaft machining and engine assembly....More
Industry insiders wonder how Fiat Group can afford to make such a risky investment when it is cutting costs on everything, including delaying development of vital products such as the Punto and Mito range....More
BMW stages its Can-Am Fall Launch in the Pacific Northwest for journalists to experience the new 4-Series coupe, 3-Series Gran Turismo, 535d sedan with a new 6-cyl. turbodiesel, updated high-output M5 sedan and M6 coupe and redesigned X5 CUV....More
Outlining Volvo’s strategy, R&D chief Peter Mertens says the new Scalable Platform Architecture is designed for an all-new family of FWD powertrains utilizing compact, lightweight 4-cyl. engines complemented by hybrid technology....More
The truck maker is concentrating output of current Daily models at Valladolid so it can more quickly adapt its Suzzara, Italy, plant to production of the next-generation Daily starting in second-half 2014....More
Some suppliers are investing in additional facilities because they are confident current production levels will be sustained and because they have exhausted most of their avenues to stretch available...
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